My biggest, er, beef when it comes to raw foods?
When they try and be something they’re not.
I remember my first experience back at Live Food Bar, where the menu was full of a plethora of raw options, but most memorable were a few off-putting dishes like the raw, vegan “TV Dinner,” the Liver ‘n’ Onions, the “Neat”loaf. C’mon, raw foods, you don’t have to front with me! I like you for who you are on the inside.
My most recent trip back there was great, and while pretty much everything on the new menu did appeal to me, it was some raw crackers that I’ve seen Live sell in grocery stores before that really kicked my salivary glands into gear.
The Spicy Nori crackers have appealed to me on a few occasions, but every time I want to buy them I’m turned off by the price tag—at about a dollar a cracker, you begin to see the significance of their gold hue…
I never really thought about making them at home. Thankfully, others out there are a little more innovative than I, like Ricki of Diet, Dessert, and Dogs. She gets me. Not to mention she dedicates a great chunk of her blog to healthy, low-glycemic desserts. She really gets me.
And so she posted her take on Live’s Nori Crackers… and thus now, I shall post mine. A noble cracker, which has no desire to pretend to be anything it’s not. Enjoy!
Curry Spice Nori Crackers (Adapted from Diet, Dessert, and Dogs)
Vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free, raw option
1 medium onion, roughly chopped
1.5 cups pumpkin seeds
2 tbsp ground flax
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp tumeric
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander (these were the three I had on hand—if you have others, or a pre-mixed curry spice, get wild!)
1/4 cup water
1 tsp tamari or soy sauce
3 sheets of nori (the seaweed paper used for sushi)
Preheat oven to 200 F. (For raw, use a dehydrator or set your oven to the lowest setting and prop the door open a bit with a spoon—technically, raw foods must never be heated over 104F to keep all enzymes intact)
In a food processor, pulse the onion a few times until it is finely chopped. Add in all other ingredients except the nori, and process on low until you get a chunky paste. On a parchment sheet, lay out 3 sheets of nori and gently spread the paste onto the nori sheets with a spatula. Put crackers into the oven. The heat helps caramelize the onions and turns them brown and sweet.
About 1 hour into baking and you can cut your nori sheets into cracker shapes using a pizza cutter, then bake or dehydrate them further to your liking. Some like them crispy, I like them on the softer side, so bake another 2-4 hours depending on the temperature of your oven and desired crispiness.
Spread with edamame hummus, serve with an asian-inspired salad, or pack a bag and take ’em to to the library for study snacks. That’s what I’ll be doing! Happy studies! xx